Mao II

Mao II

Book - 1991
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Penguin Putnam
"One of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist. At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence, a nightscape of Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms. Bill's dangerous passage leaves two people stranded: his brilliant, fixated assistant, Scott, and the strange young woman who is Scott's lover--and Bill's.

Baker & Taylor
Reclusive writer Bill Gray escapes his failed novel into a world of political violence and terror, in a story that journeys from New York, to London, Athens, and ultimately, the bombed-out city of Beirut

Publisher: New York : Viking, c1991
ISBN: 9780670839049
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 25, 2017

Disappointing. White Noise is one of my favorite books. I found it funny, insightful, and moving. This book I found virtually none of those. It was a chore to get through. The plot slogs along at an incredibly slow pace and then when it does pick up it becomes scatterbrained. The idea of mass vs individual is not well constructed. It's not entertaining, and whatever serious philosophical ideas DeLillo attempts to orchestrate don't hit because the characters are people we just can't care about. There are just there. I didn't get it.


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